(now available in an updated ‘Centennial Edition’ – in time for the 100th anniversary of electronic video (1927-2027)
A MUST READ FOR ANYBODY WHO WATCHES TELEVISION!
It’s not ‘the boob tube’ or a ‘giant wasteland.’ It is a product of the most advanced technology that has ever manifest on Earth.
The missing piece that made it possible to send ‘moving pictures through the air’ arrived over 100 years ago; Few appreciate the magnitude of the breakthrough represented by what has become the most ubiquitous appliance in modern civilization – and one of the great, untold stories of the 20th century.
Every video screen on the planet – including the one you are looking at now – can trace its origins to a sketch that Philo T. Farnsworth drew for his high school science teacher in 1922 – when he was just 14 years old.
Learn of the genius that is re-awakened every time you turn on your TeeVee (never mind what you’re actually watching;). Read:
The Boy Who Invented Television
A Story of Inspiration,
Kudos for the first edition (2002/2004):
The Best Biography of Philo and the Inventing of TV! As a entrepreneur I appreciate the struggle Philo went through trying to get his invention of television funded and seeded into the marketplace. I recommend this book to anyone who has an idea or invention they want to bring into the marketplace. – Rod M.
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Here is a book that will draw you in and keep you going. A tale of truth about how the television got started. When you think of t.v., we have to also think of computers and other things that have come from the technology developed from the television. A very, very good book. – Aunt Em
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A riveting story. I also got the sense, with all the references and footnotes, that this was a carefully researched book. Being an electrical engineer myself, I appreciated that there was enough technical information without loosing the understanding of lay readers. I found none of the technical blunders that often appear in biographies of technical wizards. In this book, it becames clear that there are technological breakthroughs that can only come from a great mind, and not from the “inevitable” march of technology. – Joseph S.
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I really enjoyed this engaging biography. The science of the book was mostly understandable to a layperson, and I found myself rooting for Farnsworth all the way. I could really sympathize with his triumphs and his losses, and I was so saddened and angry at the way he was treated toward the end of his life. It seems a real shame that he has not gotten the recognition he deserves, and I’m glad this book is out to give him his due. –Tanya W.